Head's Welcome

Welcome to the website of the British Embassy School Ankara, a truly unique school community in the centre of Turkey’s vibrant capital city.

Our school is a learning community where the academic and personal development of each child is at the heart of everything we do.  Learning is focussed on the development of skills throughout the school using curricula that support the children’s abilities to apply the knowledge they acquire in new and practical ways to deepen their understanding. From our Nursery class through to our Year 9 students, the thematic approach to learning taken by the IEYC (International Early Years Curriculum), IPC (International Primary Curriculum) and IMYC (International Middle Years Curriculum) provides a context that makes learning accessible yet challenging to children and young adults growing up in our diverse international community. The rigour of the British Curriculum in English and Mathematics combines with international curricula to ensure that children make excellent academic progress at BESA, taking creative risks whilst supported by outstanding teaching and high quality learning environments. We commit to enabling children to leave our school not only having made outstanding progress but as global citizens who have the confidence to lead with creativity, integrity and a passion for their chosen pursuits.

The belief we hold that learning should be lifelong is also evident in the commitment shown by our experienced staff to developing their own professional expertise. Learning activities are planned using their comprehensive knowledge of current educational research, acquired through both school-based and individualised professional development. Our involvement in COBIS (Council of British International Schools) and the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) not only  provides opportunities for the school to learn from other leading UK and International schools but to be a beacon of outstanding education in our region and beyond.

We welcome children and young adults from over 30 different countries through our gates each morning. Each bring with them their own unique perspectives on our world. The school prioritises the development of International Mindedness amongst all community members encouraging a respectful curiosity about our differences that develops a deep understanding of the common ground we all share.

Whilst I can write about our shared passion for learning here, it is seeing our passion in action that makes us most proud. Do please come and visit us; take the time to talk to our staff, parents and pupils about what being a valuable part of this privileged learning community means to them.

With best wishes,

Andrew Ryan

Head Teacher